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'''''Darkspore''''' was an action rpg PC game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It was an indirect sequel to 2008's ''Spore'', a creature creation game also developed by Maxis. The game's graphical style was far different from its predecessor, taking on a more realistic and dark style. The game was infamous for its always-online DRM, requiring an internet connection even if someone wanted to play single player. This was put on top of already requiring Origin to run the game, which also required an internet connection at all times. On March 1st, 2016, ''Darkspore'''s servers were shut down, making the game entirely unplayable even with a physical copy of the game, as it still needs the servers to be up.
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==Gameplay==
 
[[File:Darkspore-shutdown.png|thumb|320px|Electronic Arts' disclaimer for the Darkspore shutdown.]]
 
[[File:Darkspore-shutdown.png|thumb|320px|Electronic Arts' disclaimer for the Darkspore shutdown.]]
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The gameplay of ''Darkspore'' was mostly single player, but it also featured online co-op and PvP (player vs. player) and was quite similar to Blizzard's ''Diablo'' series. Similar to ''Spore'', it also had a "Hero Editor", which was the equivalent of ''Spore'''s "Creature Creator".
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==Shutdown==
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On March 1st, 2016, Electronic Arts announced that they were shutting down the game's servers. The closure was met negatively, with Mark Richard of TechRaptor stating that the shutdown of Darkspore was "banishing the title from gaming history"<ref>[https://techraptor.net/content/ea-shuts-down-darkspore-servers TechRaptor article on Darkspore shutdown.] Last retrieved 02 Jan 2017.</ref> and Clint Basinger of Lazy Game Reviews saying in a video review that, while he didn't like the game much, the game being shut down was "an assault on history". He also criticized the game's convoluted DRM system as well as DRM in general, stating that ''Darkspore'' was a reminder of the cons of DRM platforms such as Origin and Steam.
  
'''Darkspore''' was a PC game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. Darkspore is an Action RPG similar in vein to Blizzard's ''Diablo''. It is an indirect sequel to 2008's ''Spore'', a creature creation game also developed by Maxis. Unlike Spore, where it is charming and cute-looking, Darkspore takes a more darker and edgier approach, hence the name. Darkspore was most infamous for the game's always-online DRM. This so-called controversial DRM method was also criticized in the 2013 reboot of ''SimCity'', another game Maxis is most famous for. On March 1, 2016, the servers for Darkspore were shut down. Even if you have a physical copy of Darkspore, it still has always-online DRM. The game requires an Origin account (Origin is Electronic Arts' digital distribution platform), and an obvious internet connection.
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As previously stated, the game can't be played in any way currently, and unless EA/Maxis make an offline option available, bring back the servers, or another party somehow hacks the game to get past the DRM, it may never be playable again.
  
== Gameplay ==
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The gameplay of Darkspore is mostly single-player. Aside from that, there is also online co-op, and PvP (player vs. player). Following from Spore, Darkspore also has the "Hero Editor", similar to Spore's "Creature Creator". Darkspore's Hero Editor is somewhat different to Spore's Creature Creator. Clint Basinger, host of Lazy Game Reviews on YouTube criticizes the gameplay for purposely having no replay value, unless you make another Origin account.
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The music was composed by Dutch DJ Junkie XL (real name Tom Holkenborg). The music in this game is futuristic ambience with a dark vibe to it, which pretty much fits the dark atmosphere of the game.
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== Shutdown ==
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On March 1, 2016, Electronic Arts announced the shutdown of servers for Darkspore. Mark Richard of TechRaptor states that the shutdown of Darkspore was "banishing the title from gaming history".<ref>[https://techraptor.net/content/ea-shuts-down-darkspore-servers TechRaptor article on Darkspore shutdown.] Last retrieved 02 Jan 2017.</ref> Clint made a Lazy Game Reviews video on Darkspore and expressed his concern on always-online DRM games. Clint describes the shutdown as "an assault on history", and as "a reminder of how short-sided and apathetic towards the history of gaming can be." Clint wasn't the only one concerned with the situation, but Ross Scott of Ross's Game Dungeon as well.
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Cover art of Darkspore.

Status: Inaccessible


Darkspore was an action rpg PC game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It was an indirect sequel to 2008's Spore, a creature creation game also developed by Maxis. The game's graphical style was far different from its predecessor, taking on a more realistic and dark style. The game was infamous for its always-online DRM, requiring an internet connection even if someone wanted to play single player. This was put on top of already requiring Origin to run the game, which also required an internet connection at all times. On March 1st, 2016, Darkspore's servers were shut down, making the game entirely unplayable even with a physical copy of the game, as it still needs the servers to be up.

Gameplay

Electronic Arts' disclaimer for the Darkspore shutdown.

The gameplay of Darkspore was mostly single player, but it also featured online co-op and PvP (player vs. player) and was quite similar to Blizzard's Diablo series. Similar to Spore, it also had a "Hero Editor", which was the equivalent of Spore's "Creature Creator".

Shutdown

On March 1st, 2016, Electronic Arts announced that they were shutting down the game's servers. The closure was met negatively, with Mark Richard of TechRaptor stating that the shutdown of Darkspore was "banishing the title from gaming history"[1] and Clint Basinger of Lazy Game Reviews saying in a video review that, while he didn't like the game much, the game being shut down was "an assault on history". He also criticized the game's convoluted DRM system as well as DRM in general, stating that Darkspore was a reminder of the cons of DRM platforms such as Origin and Steam.

As previously stated, the game can't be played in any way currently, and unless EA/Maxis make an offline option available, bring back the servers, or another party somehow hacks the game to get past the DRM, it may never be playable again.

Gallery

LGR's video on Darkspore.
Ross's Game Dungeon's gameplay video.
The theme song for Darkspore, composed by Junkie XL.

References

  1. TechRaptor article on Darkspore shutdown. Last retrieved 02 Jan 2017.